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Painter David Hockney Rocks the Pixels in Paris

In Art, Journal on December 23, 2010 at 6:57 am
(NRP – December 7, 2010) 

When artist David Hockney first got an iPhone about two years ago, he immediately realized it was a new medium for creativity. “Incredible little thing, really, because it was like a sketchbook and a paintbox all in one,” he said. Better, even: “No cleaning up. No mess.” That’s because he’s painting with an app called Brushes – a small virtual paintbox on the phone’s screen, into which Hockney dips a finger – or 10 – and makes pictures. Then he moved on to the iPad. At a gallery in Paris, a riot of non-paint paintings on luminous digital screens. One wall at the gallery is hung with 20 iPhones; a second wall carries 20 iPads.…

(thanks to Joe Sterling!)


GOOD PROJECT: Create a DOODLE About Finding Solitude in the City

In Art, Design, Journal, urban on June 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

Welcome to the new DOODLES series here on GOOD. The practice of sketching notes rather than simply sharing information via text has started to grow in popularity due to its visual appeal and tendency to draw us back to quickly accessible information. People like Mike Rohde and Nora Herting in particular have helped bring this highly approachable art form to the tech world and we would like to continue that momentum here to help spread thinking about sustainability, culture, health, and more.

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Remote Graphic Capture in action!

In Art, Facilitation, Journal on March 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

Questions for the Classroom

This workshop for university faculty and staff featured many tools for physical and virtual facilitators and educators, including Remote Graphic Capture by Alphachimp Studio Inc.

From the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching (CFT):

Our brains are wired to rapidly make sense of and remember visual input. Visualizations in the form of diagrams, charts, drawings, pictures, and a variety of other ways can help students understand complex information. A well-designed visual image can yield a much more powerful and memorable learning experience than a mere verbal or textual description.


In Art, Journal on September 17, 2009 at 10:13 am

Tree Cafe - 798 Artists District, Beijing

Few activities give me more peace than sitting with a sharp, black pen and a crisp black blank page.

I have begun to publish sketches from some recent moleskin journals on Flickr: doodles done during meetings; travel sketches from Poland, China, Russia and America; and portraits of friends and strangers.

sketchbook | view slideshow

Wacom Bug-Eyed Portrait

In Art, Facilitation, Innovation, Journal on April 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm

First experiment with new Wacom Intuos4 tablet. Bug-eyed self... on Twitpic

Playing with our new Wacom Intuos 4 tablet to get used to all the clicks and taps required to be facile. The form factor is very nice, sleek, soothing.

I am ramping up for Remote Graphic Capture now that getting together for facilitated events is (a) cost-prohibitive and (b) bad epidemiological hygiene. As long as the electricity stays on, we’re set.

Did this whilst listening to Kurt Anderson’s Studio 360 on creative career change and good things from Mexico (music!).

Painting on Super Bowl Sunday

In Art, Journal on February 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Durand Studio Supplies

After dropping hints (none too subtle) that I was craving to get messy with some paint, my wife opened up this Sunday. In an all-too-brief, two-hour session–with baby napping–I got busy on some new abstracts inspired by some spiritual work I’ve been pursuing.

I am looking a lot at Cy Twombly and longing for a massive, wall-sized canvas to attack.

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Grafitti Walls

In Art, Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 8:52 pm


“Art has been saying with more and more intensity: the nature of the painting has become less interesting than the nature of the relation of painting to society.”

– Norman Mailer, The Faith of Graffiti

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Boxtop Paintings

In Art on November 22, 2008 at 4:24 am
Boxtop Landscape. Guouche on cardboard. 8.5 x 6.25. Available from Durand Gallery.

Boxtop Landscape | gouache on cardboard. 8.5" x 6.25"

I pulled an empty Triscuit box from the recycling bin and used it to doodle with paints after dinner.

(See more paintings below.)

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Alphachimp @ Pop!Tech

In Art, Design on November 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Peter Durand from Alphachimp @ Pop!Tech on Vimeo

VIDEO: Peter Durand from Alphachimp illustrates Stephen Badylak’s lecture on regenerative medicine.

From Pop!Tech Blogger Michelle Riggen-Ransom:

If you’re with us in Maine, you’ve probably noticed the colorful illustrations hanging on the walls of the third floor break room. If you’re not, you can take a look at them here.These illustrations are the work of artist Peter Durand of Alphachimp Studio. Peter has set up an easel on the balcony of the Opera House, where he busily creates illustrations that capture the key elements of each presentation. Read the rest of this entry »